How to have your say on a planning application, and information on copyright
Have your say
You can comment on an undecided planning application. You can:
- make a general comment
You have 21 days from the date we publicise an application to make comment. You can still comment after 21 days, but we may have already made our decision, and your comments won't be considered.
We can't respond to comments made, due to the high volume we receive.
Planning applications near me
Use our My Nearest facility to view planning applications near you.
Just provide us with your address by following the 'set your location' link below. You will then be able to find planning applications near you.
What you can comment on
We'll look at all comments, but we only consider comments that take into account planning issues, such as:
- overshadowing your home
- overlooking your home
- causing disturbance (for example, noise or odour)
- being over bearing
- being out of character with the area
- causing an issue to highway safety
Issues we won't take into account are:
- loss of value to a property
- loss of a private view
- potential difficulties in property maintenance
- the private interests of objectors
- issues covered by other legislation
The Planning Portal also has information on commenting on proposed developments.
Please note, we'll remove and disregard any comments that we judge to be offensive. Or which discriminate against individuals or groups on grounds of colour, heritage, ethnic or national origin, sex, marital status, faith or belief, sexual orientation, disability, or age.
Make a comment
To comment on a planning application, you can find the relevant application by searching nearby to an address, by using the planning application reference number or by viewing our weekly lists:
To search for a specific application on Public Access, you will need a:
- keyword, application reference number, postcode or single line of an address
To view weekly list of validated or decided applications:
Other ways to comment
If you're unable to make comments online, you can email or write to us. Our contact details are at the bottom of the page.
Any comments you make will be publicly available online, and at our offices, within 48 hours from receipt.
We publish information about planning applications online, so our planning process is open and clear.
We will publish an applicant's name and address. But, we will take care to ensure personal information is used sensitively. We won't publish signatures, phone numbers or email addresses.
You can request that we remove your name and address from a comment. If you do, your comments will be treated as anonymous. The weight given to anonymous comments may be reduced.
If you're commenting online, please follow our guidelines:
- don't include personal information (other than your name and address) within the body of your letter or email
- don't sign your representation (if submitting electronically)
- If commenting by email, please send your comments as an attachment (this will ensure your email address is not published)
Plans, drawings and material such as comments, are protected by copyright.
You can only download or print planning material:
- for consultation purposes
- to compare current applications with previous schemes
- to check whether developments have been completed in accordance with approved plans
You can't make further copies without permission from the copyright owner. The copyright owner's name will be on the plans.